The medical evidence for the practice is overwhelming. The
post-SARS countries in East Asia have known this for a long time,
and America and Europe are finally coming around. I’ve put a bunch
of resources about the medical benefits of mask wearing in a
further reading section at the bottom of this post.
But in this essay, I want to persuade you not just to wear a mask,
but to go beyond the new CDC guidelines and help make mask wearing
a social norm. That means always wearing a mask when you go out in
public, and becoming a pest and nuisance to the people in your
life until they do the same.
It’s encouraging how many people wearing masks I now see on the sidewalk here in Philly, but the number needs to go much higher. If you have family or friends who are resisting getting on board Team Face Mask, send them this link. Ceglowski makes the case.